You know what is the wildest compliment? The other day a new client came in and after chatting with her a bit in the reception area she said, “this office is so AMAZING! I want to work here!!” We also swoon a little when you say that you want to just hang out on the couch and never leave. I mean, c’mon! We really do love that you love being here.
We strive to make an open and inviting space where you feel welcome and safe and like you’re in the right place.
And if you've been into the office, you've surely met Aimee at the front desk. She's a gal about town and after years of working at the farmer's market, she seems to know everyone.
As the Office Manager and Chiropractic Assistant over here at she's been in the healthcare field for over 20 years! She was a massage therapist and EMT in Washington state. After moving to Montana in 2004, she continued working as a CNA and Phlebotomist.
After some traveling and self reflection Aimee decided to shift gears and focus on making people happy with flowers! She has her own flower farm, and you can often see her blooms here in the office.
I started seeing a Chiropractor when I was six years old. My parents valued taking care of the body before symptoms showed up and Chiropractic fit into part of how we took care of ourselves.
Growing up I was super active. Playing basketball and tennis at a high level, I pushed my body to perform. It wasn’t until I was about 16 that I saw the value of having a Chiropractor on my team to allow me to do everything I asked of my body.
I was having wrist pain ‘for no reason’ and wasn’t able to hold my tennis racquet. At this point I was traveling interstate and internationally for tournaments, so it was kind of important to me ;)
I saw my physical therapist who eventually referred me to a sports doctor. After a cursory consultation he diagnosed me with a bone too shallow for a wrist tendon that was causing inflammation and I would need an operation.
Ugh. No thanks.
It just so happened that our regularly scheduled Chiropractic appointment was around this time. I mentioned my issue and after my spinal check, she also checked my shoulder, elbow and wrist and adjusted as necessary. The difference was almost instantaneous. And within a couple of adjustments in a week or so, I was pain free… forever.
Never before have I had that same wrist pain. I continued to play tennis and eventually ended up at The University of Montana playing all four years as an undergrad.
All this didn’t lead me to become a Chiropractor but it was a memory that sowed the seed of where I am today. I actually didn’t see a Chiro the whole time I was a student athlete. It wasn’t until I was at a loss at what I was going to do after college that I considered Chiropractic school after seeing an advertisement for a college in the student newspaper.
And so they say… the rest is history :)
I started the practice in 2014 and it's been a roller coaster of a ride. I've learned a lot about Chiropractic, about running and managing a business, as well as a LOT about myself. But at the end of the day witnessing the positive health changes of our clients that occur daily make it all worth it. The mIssion of Primal Practice Chiropractic is ‘Forging Happier Healthier Humans’. This is so important to us because we see firsthand the positive impact that our clients have not only with their families but the community as a whole. As our practice members embody health in all aspects their joy, connection and wellbeing skyrocket and everyone benefits from this!
Peace, Love, and Wellness,
This is challenging to what we have heard mainstream for the past several decades. But hang with me here. Despite an increased use in sunscreen, skin cancer rates continue to rise. So despite what experts are saying, to use sunscreen to protect against the sun's harmful rays to prevent cancer from developing, it is still happening. So why is that?
Well, from what I have found, it's likely due to a lack of moderation. Overexposure to the sun can lead to sunburns, which damages the skin cells, and can lead to possible aberrant cancer growths. However on the flip side, too little exposure actually means your body isn't getting enough sun rays and therefore not enough Vitamin D (among other benefits of being outside). Vitamin D is known to help with immune system modulation, helping with bone strength, and several other healthy benefits. So by slathering on the sun screen every time you go outside, you're missing out on a beneficial window of sunshine.
The other piece of the puzzle: the sunscreen itself. There are two kinds of sunscreen, mineral and chemical. Mineral sunscreen use zinc oxide and titanium oxide, which create a physical barrier against the UVA and UVB rays. Chemical sunscreens use any of the following chemicals: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. These chemicals are known to be endocrine disrupters and can interfere with the thyroid and other hormone-producing organs. Oxybenzone is the most common chemical used, and has been linked to lower sperm count in men and endometriosis in women. Children and breastfeeding/pregnant women should not use products containing oxybenzone. Some areas have even banned sunscreens containing this chemical, because of the damages it has caused to the underwater ecosystems. In addition to these chemicals, some sunscreens contain retinyl palmitate, which has been shown to speed up the growth of cancerous cells.
The key here really is sun exposure in moderation. If you are going to be in the sun for a prolonged amount of time, mineral sunscreen containing non-nano zinc or titanium oxide is the best option, along with wearing a light layer. There are DIY recipes for your own sunscreen if you are interested in making your own too!
Several articles are linked below where some of this information was found - highly, highly recommend that you read them.
Questions? Let us know!
Peace, Love, and Wellness,
Ahh, it's summer, and the bugs are out. And that usually means bug spray. Instead of using a conventional bug spray, which is usually made up of some more harsh chemicals, try a homemade version!
DIY Insect Repellent:
2 cups witch hazel, 1 1/2 tsp. lemongrass or citronella oil, and 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar.
Keep in a dark-colored glass bottle or store in a dark place to prolong its effectiveness.
Note: you can use any other oil that you want - like peppermint, lavender, or lemon - just be sure to check if the oil is safe for you if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any medical conditions.